Day One of a Challenge and I Have Learned So Much!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Well....today started a new Hogwarts challenge. I had been feeling a little discouraged as I wasn't losing as much weight as I wanted. This week's challenge is to stick within your individual calorie range. I thought I was golden here. Eating Gluten Free and vegan seemed like it was lower in calories. Not quite.

I made my gf vegan mac N cheese last night, weighed and measured all the ingredients and added up the calories. If I ate half of what I made (like I usually did), I would be consuming quite a few calories. What an eye opener! So before the day began, I found one way that I was setting myself up. I have discovered ways that I need to revamp my eating to obtain my optimal health.

I woke up today with my injured knee aching like a huge bee sting. It is a sharp, electric type ache. I sprayed Biofreeze on it even before I got out of bed. I decided to listen to my body today. I am so totally glad I met my challenge last week of exercising for an hour a day for 7 days in a row. I feel like now I need to listen to my body and give myself the two built in rest days of my original plan. I spoiled myself by taking a nap with my cats this afternoon. I must have needed that. The fire in my knee had died down by this evening so I did do a half hour of light impact cardio. I want to stay in the habit of exercising...that is important to me. I just need to make sure I give myself the breaks I need.
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    I know! When I started tracking calories, I realised that I wasn't eating nearly as well as I'd thought. I hope the insight is helping you!
    4121 days ago
    great job Kerry!! amazing how many cals are in stuff, huh. no fair!! but awareness will earn you big rewards!!
    4122 days ago
    Kerry, so glad to hear that you have found things that are helping. And good for you, listening to your body and taking the rest it needs. The nap sounded like a good idea, so proud of you for doing what it takes to succeed, especially when it is doing what it takes to listen to your body. Good for you!
    4123 days ago
    I think what I see is the best thing in your blogs Kerry is that you have really learned to listen and really mean listen to your body. This is the best sign towards having a healthy life.

    You really are quite amazing.

    4123 days ago
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